quote:Originally posted by time2clmb
A normal compass does not rely on batteries which die in cold weather.
Is this really a reason to not use a GPS? Just bring more batteries if they die on you. Or else I should maybe also ditch my dSLR and buy an old mechanical camera.
quote: It also won't readily break as easily when dropped.
Never dropped mine. It's all in how careful you are. I did however fell on it hard once while biking, and it didn't feel a thing. Still works great.
quote: The display on mine stopped working for no obvious reason, never dropped with new batteries in warm dry weather.
How often does this happen? Never happened to me in years of use. I still carry a small compass just in case.
quote:Triangulation is a pretty basic skill, so yes.
Not precise enough, and easy to get a false reading. On the other hand, GPS is accurate to a few meters and you always know where you are, without making others wait for you while you check with triangulation. Can you honestly say that you can get your location accurate to a few meters with a compass? Can you do it when you're in a forest?
epends on how complex the route is...
Mountains are usually pretty complex. I also highly doubt that search and rescue teams use compasses to find victims, especially when they know their exact coordinates to a few meters.
quote:Same applies to a GPS and the question is too broad...depends on the terrain and that applies to both GPS and map / compass.
How does it apply to a GPS? I can navigate at night, because I don't need to look for visible landmarks. I can simply follow the map on the GPS, knowing exactly where I am and where I'm heading. Triangulation won't work here.
quote:Some GPS units don't work worth shit in heavy tree cover.
That's a problem of those GPS units, but not the technology itself. Always buy good and adequate equipment for your needs. With Garmin 60CSx I've never lost signal in any tree cover.